Nehra questions Pant’s captaincy after RR beat DC
Delhi Capitals’ captain Rishabh Pant drew plaudits for steering his side with a win over Chennai Super Kings in their first game at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. CSK posted a mammoth 188/7 in 20 overs.
Suresh Raina top-scored with a half-century but in reply, DC comfortably chased down the target with 8 balls to spare. Prithvi Shaw scored 72 whereas Shikhar Dhawan was the pick of the batsmen as he scored 85.
Pant’s captaincy career kick-started with a win but things did take a turn when his side locked horns with Rajasthan Royals in their second fixture at the same venue.
DC struggled to score runs as they managed to post 147/8. It was Pant who single-handedly carried his team on his shoulders when all others failed to rise to the occasion.
Pant scored a brilliant half-century but was run out by Riyan Parag. DC bowlers did provide a good start by getting rid of half of the RR’s batting line-up.
However, the Royals switched gears from 42/5, thanks to David Miller for his impressive 62. After his departure, Chris Morris did the remaining job as he scored 38 off 19 balls including 4 sixes and helped his team seal a victory.
Ashish Nehra questions Pant’s captaincy
Former India cricketer Ashish Nehra launched a scathing attack on DC captain Rishabh Pant for not giving Ravichandran Ashwin his full quota of 4 overs. Nehra reckoned that Ashwin could have helped DC win the match. The senior off-spinner bowled three overs and leaked just 14 runs.
Nehra echoed that Ashwin should have got his 4th over instead of Marcus Stoinis who gave away 15 runs in the only over he bowled.
“Ravichandran Ashwin bowled just three overs. In the chase of 148-run target, there was a phase when Rajasthan Royals had lost 5 top-order batters and two left-handers David Miller and Rahul Tewatia were at the crease. You could have used Ashwin then,” Nehra said to Cricbuzz.
“Before handing an over Stoinis, Ashwin should have completed his 4-over spell,” he added in a statement.
“The bowlers did a good job at the start, but we let them get over us in the end. We could have bowled a bit better. It’s part and parcel of the game and dew played a big role in the end. We were 15-20 runs short.
But at least there is something to gain from this match, the bowlers did a great job at the start. Hopefully, if something like this happens we can pull it off. In the second innings, there was much more dew, so the slower ball wasn’t stopping. So we had to something in the second innings,” Pant said while speaking to the broadcaster in the post-match presentation.